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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/21/2022
Rolling Admission 01/31/2022 05/17/2022

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Program Description:
This course examines the science of the Earth’s climate, with a focus on understanding the recent scientific realization that human activity could be changing it in profound ways. Topics include solar radiation, the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases, measuring the climate of the past, and predicting the climate of the future. Laboratory exercises include data analysis and forecasting, measurement of the solar constant (solar radiation), design of solar cookers, and effects of surface (vegetation, pavement, etc.) on local climate. (Students in Asia will participate in some labs asynchronously due to time differences from Eastern US time.)  Finally, we will also discuss ways that humans might lessen or correct their impact on the climate. In particular, we will consider the global climate system as a commons and management of the commons, especially Decision Theaters (Manfred Laublichler, Arizona State University) as a means of developing local, shared management. 

The course is designed to be suitable for all students, regardless of previous science background. Arrangements will be made to accommodate labs for students in time zones far from Eastern US time to do laboratory work: alternative sessions and/or asynchronous labs where appropriate.). 

Corequisite: College algebra or higher mathematics or permission of the instructor (via email discussion – students or their advisors should email if they have questions about corequisites.). 

Course Days and Times
Tuesday and Thursday, 09:00-10:25 and Thursday lab 14:40-17:35 (New York Time). 15:00-16:25 and 20:40-23:35 lab (Vienna Time).

Harold M Hastings

Course Level

4 US / 8 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Bard College at Simon's Rock (SRC)


This program is currently not accepting applications.